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Bellringer. Get out your worksheet packet, a sheet of paper, and open your book to page 786. . What is a tragic hero? Whose fate is more tragic, Antigone’s or Creon’s ? . Aristotle’s Tragic Hero . Character of noble stature with “greatness”. This should be readily evident in the play.

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bellringer
Bellringer
  • Get out your worksheet packet, a sheet of paper, and open your book to page 786.
aristotle s tragic hero
Aristotle’s Tragic Hero
  • Character of noble stature with “greatness”. This should be readily evident in the play.
  • The character must occupy a "high" status position but must ALSO embody nobility and virtue as part of his/her character.
  • Though the tragic hero is great, he/she is not perfect. Otherwise, the rest of us--mere mortals--would be unable to identify with the tragic hero. We should see in him or her someone who is essentially like us, although perhaps elevated to a higher position in society.
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  • The hero's downfall is partially her/his own fault or the result of free choice. The tragedy is usually triggered by some error of judgment or some character flaw. This error of judgment or character flaw is known as hamartia and is usually translated as "tragic flaw.“
  • The hero's misfortune is not wholly deserved. The punishment exceeds the crime.
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  • The fall is not pure loss. There is some increase in awareness, some gain in self-knowledge, some discovery on the part of the tragic hero.
  • Aristotle argues that one function of tragedy is to arouse the "unhealthy" emotions of pity and fear and cleanse us of those emotions.
  • Greek drama was not considered "entertainment”; it had a communal function--to contribute to the good health of the community. This is why dramatic performances were a part of religious festivals and community celebrations.
argument class work assignment
Argument Class work Assignment
  • Whose fate is more tragic: Antigone’s or Creon’s? Using Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, evaluate who is the true tragic hero. Establish an introduction and a thesis statement, and create an outline including textual evidence to support your argument. You are not writing an essay, but only outlining an argument as if you were writing one.